Eric Cutler’s upcoming live performances as Florestan in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Theater an der Wien have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus*. Although all live performances for the public have been canceled, on Friday, March 20, the production will be aired beginning at 7pm CET 2pm ET on myfidelio.at and 10:30pm CET / 5:30pm ET on ORF2 HD. The production was also captured for a DVD release from UNITEL (Release Date TBA).
The internationally celebrated actor, two-time Oscar winner and director Christoph Waltz makes his directional debut in Vienna in this new Fidelio production.
The top-class leading team includes Manfred Honeck leading the Wiener Symphoniker and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, with stage design by Barkow Leibinger, and costume design by Judith Holste. Joining Mr. Cutler on stage is Nicole Chevalier as Leonore, Gábor Bretz as Don Pizarro, Christof Fischesser as Rocco, Mélissa Petit as Marzelline, Benjamin Hulett as Jaquino, Károly Szemerédy as Don Fernando, Johannes Bamberger as Erster Gefangener, and Dumitru Mădăraşăn as Zweiter Gefangener.
*Cancellation statement from Theater an der Wien: “The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in significant restrictions on public life in Austria. The health authorities have banned indoor events with over 100 people until the beginning of April. Our box offices and theaters remain closed during this time.” For more information, click here.
Eric Cutler starts the new year off singing the title role in concert performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Symphony’s tributes to Ludwig van Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth with his only opera Fidelio. Under the baton of Manfred Honeck, performances will take place on January 24 and 26 at Heinz Hall.
Cutler shares the stage with an exciting roster of soloists, including Nicole Chevalier as Leonore, Alexander Elliott as Don Ferrando, Brian Mulligan as Don Pizarro, Wei Wu as Rocco, Rachele Gilmore as Marzelline, David Portillo as Jacquino, Thomas Shivone as Prisoner, and Don Marinelli as the narrator. Eric Cutler will revisit the title role in a new production by Christoph Waltz at the Theater an der Wien with Maestro Honeck in March.
“Hoffmann nel primo cast è interpretato dal tenore americano Eric Cutler, presenza scenica, voce melodiosa e potente, grandi doti anche d’attore, perfetto per il ruolo che ha, infatti, già interpretato più volte in passato.”
“Hoffmann in the first cast is played by the American tenor Eric Cutler, stage presence, melodious and powerful voice, great acting skills too, perfect for the role he has, in fact, already played many times in the past.”
“Cutler gave us a career-defining performance in the title role of tremendous psychological insight. He brought out so much detail in the text – whether a Klein-Zack of haunted desperation, shading the tone masterfully as he sang ‘ah! Sa figure était charmante’. He made his ‘Ah! Vivre deux’ in the Olympia act less a honeyed seduction and more a desperate need to have this figure, whether woman or machine. Cutler had room to spare in the Giulietta act, singing with ardent generosity, the voice pealing out with obsessive glee. Both in his vocalism and his acting, Cutler gave unsparingly of himself to us.”
Eric Cutler closes out the year with his return to La Monnaie in the title role of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. With performances on December 10, 14, 17, 20, 29 & January 2, Alain Altinoglu conducts director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production.
Mr. Cutler’s previous portrayal as Hoffmann at the Teatro Real de Madrid garnered critical acclaim from Gramophone for his vocal “ease, elegance, and passion.” His performance in Madrid was recorded and released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques in 2015, more information, and purchase links are available via Cutler’s Recordings.
In this opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach, the writer E.T.A. Hoffmann is the protagonist who wanders through three of his own stories. Cutler will share the stage with a sparkling roster of artists, including Patricia Petibon as Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella, Michèle Losier as Nicklausse, and La Muse, and Gábor Bretz as the Four Villains. Mr. Cutler will reprise the role of Hoffmann later this season at the Semperoper Dresden in April 2020.
This month, Eric Cutler sings Mahler’s powerful Das Lied von der Erde at the Teatro di San Carlo, under the baton of Juraj Valčuha. Performances take place on October 12 & 13 with the Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo, featuring contralto Daniela Sindram. Regarded as one of Mahler’s most celebrated works, Das Lied von der Erde was composed following the most painful period of the composer’s life, and the songs address themes as those of living, parting, and salvation.
Eric Cutler returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg to reprise the role of Apollo in Strauss’ one-act opera Daphne. Described by Strauss as a “bucolic tragedy,” Daphne is based on the ancient Greek myth of the wood nymph who, pursued by both god and mortal, is saved from their amorous intrigues by being transformed into a sacred, laurel tree. Cutler has sung the role of Apollo at the Staatsoper Hamburg twice before. In 2016, he starred as Apollo, which at the time was the premiere of Christof Loy’s brand-new production.
On June 6, 8 & 12, Cutler will share the stage with an esteemed roster of singers including Tigran Martirossian as Peneios, Renate Spingler as Gaea, Christiane Karg as Daphne, Michael Schade as Leukippos, Vladimir Baykov, Ziad Nehme, Julian Arsenault, and Bruno Vargas as the four shepherds, and Katharina Konradi and Ida Aldrian singing the two maids. Christof Prick will conduct the Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg.
“Tenor Eric Cutler and baritone Matthias Goerne each distinguished themselves with gripping vocal work, melting into the orchestra’s sound at times and keening and cutting through at others. The PSO, too, was in excellent form, expertly conjuring different feelings and ambiences.”
“Iowa-born tenor Eric Cutler is a recent Lohengrin (Brussels), Erik (Flying Dutchman, Baden-Baden) and Florestan (Hamburg). A great bear of a man in the mould of John Mitchinson, Cutler was mightily impressive. He had, above all, the sheer volume required to override the vast orchestral forces mounted against him in the first song. Cutler was charming in ‘Youth’, accompanied by chirpy, chattering woodwind. In his final song, also telling of drink, Cutler was lusty, evocative through diction and actions, and brought each song to life. Both soloists were telling a story in each case, not just singing the notes. Top notes were successfully reached and most impressively held.”
This month, Eric Cutler performs one of Mahler’s most powerful works, Das Lied von der Erde, with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and then with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. On May 4, François-Xavier Roth conducts the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Cutler shares the stage with mezzo soprano Isabelle Druet. Completing the program is pianist Paul Lewis interpreting Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Following the engagement, Cutler travels to Pittsburgh for performances on May 10 & 12 in Heinz Hall. Eric Cutler and baritone Matthias Goerne will join conductor Manfred Honeck for Das Lied von der Erde with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Also on the program is violinist Vilde Frang interpreting Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
On April 9, 12, 14, 21 & 24, Eric Cutler returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg to sing Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio. Cutler sang at the house earlier this year as Der Kaiser in Die frau Ohne Schatten under the baton of Kent Nagano. Mr. Nagano will conduct the upcoming performances of Fidelio, with production by Georges Delnon.
Cutler shares the stage with an incredible cast of artists, including Kartal Karagedik as Don Fernando, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Don Pizarro, Simone Schneider as Leonore, Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Rocco, Katharina Konradi as Marzelline, and Sascha Emanuel Kramer as Jaquino. More information and tickets are available via the Staatsoper Hamburg.
“Eric Cutler sang an ardent, potent Idomeneo, more a precursor of Fidelio’s Florestan more than of any subsequent Mozart tenor role. Cutler’s acting skills and huge frame made the use of his silhouette and shadow at key moments especially effective.”
„Tenor wie Eric Cutler verpflichtet wird, ist durchaus eine bestechende Vorstellung auf hohem Niveau zu erwarten. In der Hauptrolle des schicksalsgebeutelten Königs Idomeneo erfüllte der US-Amerikaner diese Erwartungen restlos! Sein eher dunkel gelagerter Tenor beeindruckte dabei durch nuancierte Gestaltungskraft mit äußerst präzise ansprechender und geführter Stimme. Flexibel changierend zwischen den wechselvollen Gefühlen von Verzweiflung und Resignation, Wut und Entschlossenheit verfügt er über die Kantabilität auch in den Höhen, die ihm feinst ausgesungen und mit Verve scheinbar mühelos gelangen.“
“With a tenor such as Eric Cutler, a captivating performance at a high level is to be expected. In the leading role of the fate shaken king Idomeneo the US-American fulfilled these expectations completely! His rather dark tenor impressed by nuanced creative power with an extremely precise, appealing and guided voice. Flexibly changing between the shifting feelings of despair and resignation, anger and determination, he possesses the cantabile quality even in the heights, which he sings out finely and which seem to reach effortlessly with verve.”
“Eric Cutler was a tortured and despairing Idomeneo”
Eric Cutler returns to the Teatro Real de Madrid to sing the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo this month. Filled with dramaturgical and musical power, this work about the king of Crete departs from its original setting of post-Trojan War ancient Greece to a modern interpretation. Robert Carsen directs this new production featuring themes of displacement and war, which are two subjects Carsen feels are relatable to society today with the current refugee crisis in the Mediterranean basin.
During the holiday season, Eric Cutler makes his greatly anticipated debut as Der Kaiser in Strauss’ Die frau ohne Schatten at the Staatsoper Hamburg. The work, which librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal described as “strange and mysterious” and a “fairy-tale”, features direction by Andreas Kreigenburg, set design by Harald B. Thor, and costume design by Andrea Schraad.
On December 26, Mr. Cutler shares the stage with Emily Magee as Die Kaiserin, Linda Watson as Die Amme, Bogdan Baciu as Der Geisterbote, and Gabriele Rossmanith as Ein Hüter der Schwelle des Tempels. Kent Nagano conducts the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Hamburger Alsterspatzen, and the Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper.
On Saturday, November 24 at 18:30, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a performance of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, from this year’s Aix-en-Provence music festival. Eric Cutler made his debut in the role of Bacchus for the 70th anniversary season, directed by Katie Mitchell. The production features Lise Davidsen as Ariadne, Sabine Devieilhe as Zerbinetta, and Angela Brower as Der Komponist. Marc Albrecht leads the Orchestre de Paris. The performance will be available on demand at bbc.co.uk/radio3 for 30 days after the broadcast.
“The god himself was sung in tirelessly ringing voice by Eric Cutler.”
Eric Cutler opens his 2018/19 season at the Houston Grand Opera singing Erik in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Praised earlier this year in his debut as Erik in a concert-version of the opera in Munich, Abendzeitung München said “Eric Cutler brought his experience with the French repertoire to Erik. At the moment, nobody sings more beautifully and without unnecessary sentiment.”
Tomer Zvulun directs this new production about the nautical legend, with Patrick Summers conducting the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The show opens the season on October 19 and runs until November 2 at the Wortham Theater Center. The production features a first-rate cast with Andrzej Dobber as the cursed Dutchman, Melody Moore as Senta, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Daaland, Richard Trey Smagur as the Steersman, and Leia Lensing as Mary.